Jean Wong and Marc Helfman will present a talk next week on pianist Yuja Wang, who was named website Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year. The event is at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Wang toured last year with the London Symphony Orchestra, followed by a performance of the first concerto at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Later engagements included concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, a series of performances at the Verbier Festival, and a three-city German tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
Her debut album, Sonatas & Etudes, prompted Gramophone to name her as its 2009 Young Artist of the Year. Her 2011 release of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto and Paganini’s “Rhapsody” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. Wang has been described by the New York Times as “one of the best young pianists around” and hailed by the Sydney Morning Herald for her “blistering technique.” In July 2015 the Los Angeles Times said: “Hers is a nonchalant, brilliant keyboard virtuosity that would have made both Prokofiev and even the fabled Horowitz jealous.”
The talk will be at the Vintage House at 264 First St. E. The presentation will include anecdotes and video clips.
The event is free.